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Best Samos travel tips

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To my big surprise I found out on Instagram, where I have the chance to interact with so many of you, that many people are interested in the beautiful island of Samos and were asking for my best Samos travel tips. I promised to write them down and share all my Samos knowledge on The Viennese Girl blog, so here we go.

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How to get around in Samos

If you intend to explore the island and you don’t want to spend your holidays just relaxing in your hotel, you will need to rent a car. Samos is not a small island, public transportation doesn’t help that much and cabs are quite expensive. Unless you decide you’ll spend all you money on taxis…

Where to stay in Samos 

If I had to choose where to stay I would stay in Pythagorio.You can understand why if you check my photos here. If you are looking for a seaside resort, then check Doryssa Seaside Resort. My favourite hotel in Samos is Proteas Blu Resort.

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MY BEST SAMOS TRAVEL TIPS 

My favourite cafes in Pythagorio: Enigma (they don’t have a website) and 2spoons

Shopping in Samos: Remember to visit my friends Stella and Eva who have the loveliest fashion store in Pythagorio called 2the little store.

Villages by the sea: Pythagorio, Kokkari and Ireon

Locals says that the best taverna in Samos is Triantafillos. It is located in Palaiokastron. I went there last summer and it was super nice and the food was amazing. Just remember to reserve a table to avoid last minute disappointments.

There is an open air cinema in Mitilinious village. No matter what film they play, this is a unique experience on a Greek island.

What I really love: the bakery in Pythagorio. A must visit after midnight. It is on a side street…

BEACH BARS IN SAMOS

If you are looking for beach bars, then head to Asterias in Potokaki and to Navagos in Tsamadu beach. Keep in mind that Samos is not like Mykonos. Of course there are bars and night life but don’t expect to find a wild nightlife scene. I would say that Samos is rather a romantic destination for couples, ideal for families and for group of friends who aren’t party animals 🙂

HISTORY AND CULTURE IN SAMOS

If you are looking for history and culture, then go to the Temple of Hera in Ireon, to the Archeological Museum in Vathi and to the Tunnel of Eupalinos where you also get a very nice view of Pythagorio and of course you will take a picture in front of the statue of Pythagoras.

I hope my Best Samos travel tips will be helpful for planning your next holidays on Samos island. Remember to book your stay in Samos with Booking.com.

If your holidays are over, you are back to your country and have after holidays blues, know that you are not the only one…

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Kalimera

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A few words about the photos of this blog post. I took them during my visit in Samos. It’s very hot here and when it’s so hot, either you stay somewhere under the shadow or you spend the whole day on the beach until sunset time. I bet you don’t want to take photos moving around and sweat, like I did.

Those photos where taken in Vathi and Pythagorio. More precisely, the photo with the spectacular view of Pythagorio was taken from the balcony of Hera 2 Hotel in Pythagorio and this is one more Samos tip, just in case you are thinking of visiting Samos and looking for a hotel with views to Pythagorio, then this hotel is for you.

And if you come to Greece, remember this word: kalimera (in Greek: καλημέρα). Kalimera means both Good morning and Have a nice day.

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From Samos with love

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 From Samos with love

All the clothing items pictured on this blog post belong to the fashion shop 2 the little store, that my friends Eva&Stella own in Pythagorio in Samos island.

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Visiting 2 the little store is one of my Samos well kept secret, which I will include in one of the following blog posts, as many of you on Instagram have asked for Samos local tips and recommendations.

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In those last days, while I am on holidays, apart from taking photos, it’s hard to find the time to work for The Viennese girl blog (because each blog post usually requires at least 5 hours work).

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And it’s even harder to find the words to write something down as my mind feels totally empty. I guess that is the effect caused by the combination of happy holidays and summer mood. I am sending nothing but love from our beautiful island.

From Samos with love

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Every summer has a story

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Every summer has a story, Santorini has the best…

The first time I visited Santorini was in 1998 with my pen pal friend from Holland (Bianca, if you are reading this, where are you?). Second time I visited Santorini was in 2003 with another friend of mine. Now I am about to tell you a crazy story. That friend of mine, in the summer of 2003, fell for a guy whom she met in Mykonos. That guy told her that at the end of August he would be working in a bar in Santorini. So now you can imagine why I went to Santorini in August 2003. I had to sacrifice myself to accompany my friend who was in search of her love. It was the last weekend of August, the end of the summer. My friend and I were sitting in the living room and the school was closed. There was nothing to do, we were listening to radio music, we didn’t talk. We were little sad that the summer was coming to an end and that the school was about to start again. Suddenly someone (I don’t remember whether it was me or her) popped the idea to go to Santorini for the weekend. It was around 18.00 and the ship was departing from the port of Piraeus at 22.00. I went home, put some things on a sac voyage and we both met at the harbor, a little bit before the departure of the ship. Don’t ask me where we found accommodation because I don’t remember at all. We had a specific mission to carry out. We didn’t even care that much for issues such as accommodation. But don’t worry, we didn’t stay on the streets.

10 years later I am back to Santorini. What is that thing that makes you love a place forever? What is that thing that makes you keep a place forever sealed in your heart? What is that thing that makes you wanting to come back to a place over and over again? I guess that magic in the air in combination with the mind-blowing landscape. Once I arrived this summer in Santorini, I pinched myself, still hardly believed it, but yes I was back again.

You might wonder now if we met that guy, the reason for the trip to Santorini in 2003….No, we didn’t. It was just a summer love. It stayed in my friend’s memory like that. You know, one of those summer loves that you wish you could have next to you in the cold winter nights.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

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